But not officially “suspending” campaign.
Ben Carson is not officially suspending his campaign, but he’s doing almost that much, telling supporters he sees no “path forward” and dropping out of tomorrow’s debate.
Carson released the following statement: “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.”
I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.
I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people.
I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Analysts already picking over the bones of his campaign. I don’t think there’s any rocket science here. Dr. Carson was an immensely likable and talented person, but that didn’t translate in the long run with the ability to run a political campaign. His force of personality and integrity was able to carry him for a while, but not forever.
He was the nicest guy on any stage and in any room, but nice guys may not finish last, but they don’t finish first.
Carson managed to get over one-half million votes so far. Not enough to be a contender, but still a reflection of the strong core support for him:
His 8 delegates are unlikely to make a difference, but his supporters shifting to others could make a difference in upcoming primaries. I could see the argument for them going to Trump as another non-politician outsider, or to Cruz as the other remaining candidate most obviously perceived as protecting religious liberty.
BONUS QUESTION – To whom do Carson supporters go?